Stakeholders and industry experts discuss a new report finding traffic courts and fees disproportionately impact California's poor.
KQED Radio (NPR) (Northern California)
April 8, 2015
Organizations mentioned/involved: Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights of the San Francisco Bay Area (LCCR)
The inability to pay court fees and fines for traffic violations has resulted in approximately 4 million license suspensions in the State of California. These suspensions often make getting to work more difficult for the state’s poorest residents, which in turn, makes repaying fines even harder. The guests below discuss a new report by legal and civil rights groups that found traffic courts and fees disproportionately impact California’s most vulnerable populations.
- Meredith Desautels, staff attorney at the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights (LCCR) of the San Francisco Bay Area
- Karin Martin, assistant professor of public management at John Jay College of Criminal Justice
- Deborah Ryan, judge, Santa Clara County Superior Court
- Thaddeus Ford, client of Lawyer’s Committee for Civil Rights of the San Francisco Bay Area